Listening

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Listening Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • the act of hearing attentively; "you can learn a lot by just listening"; "they make good music--you should give them a hearing"
  • attending to or alert for sound; "be wary of listening ears"; "government-maintained listening posts"

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  • the act of hearing attentively; "you can learn a lot by just listening"; "they make good music--you should give them a hearing"

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Listening Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Listening is not quite the same thing as hearing. Hearing is a biological process that can be scientifically explained, but listening is a psychological process of what happens to sounds as we interpret and use them. It is a cognitive activity.

In psychology, speech is part of pragmatics, a field which deals with signs and their interpretation. The signs in question are called "speech acts".

To listen means to try and understand what has been said. Listening is often one side of a conversation. Asking questions helps one understand what has been said. A subject can be better understood by asking the correct questions.

Listening differs from obeying. Parents often say to a disobedient child that he "didn't listen to me". However, a person who receives and understands information or an instruction, and then chooses not to comply with it or to agree to it, has listened to the speaker, even though the result is not what the speaker wanted.



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'Listening' example sentence in quotations


* There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem. - George Bernard Shaw

* I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. - Ernest Hemingway

* Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. - Rabindranath Tagore


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Listening Sample Sentences in News


  • Winter's wife has blues listening to his new album
    NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Winter's wife says listening to her late husband's newest album is bittersweet because it's one of his best works but was released after his death. Read more on this news related to 'Listening'
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